Chrysler starting to name Fiat dealers for the US

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Fiat 500

FILE - In this April 8, 2009 file photo, Jim Press, deputy CEO of Chrysler, introduces a Fiat 500 at the 2009 New York International Auto Show in New York. Chrysler Group LLC is planning to build the Fiat 500 small car at a plant in Mexico, according to a report published Monday, Aug. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file) (AP Photo / AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

Chrysler Group LLC is starting to name Fiat dealers for the U.S.

The automaker said Wednesday that it wants Fiat dealers in 119 U.S. markets, and will name more dealers by year's end.

Chrysler, which is now controlled by Italy's Fiat, previously said it hoped to have 165 Fiat stores in the U.S. by early 2011, with the ultimate goal of having 200 locations.

Some dealers chosen will build new facilities while others will convert buildings into dealerships.

Chrysler says dealers will be ready to take orders for the Fiat 500 minicar. The company has said dealers would start selling the minicar in December. It will eventually be sold as a convertible and electric car, and larger vehicles from Italy's Lancia brand may come later.

Chrysler has said it is looking to sell 50,000 of the 500s the first year they arrive.

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